NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Boston
(Sunday, February 5th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Boston 3 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Recently-acquired center Doug Weight netted the game-winner in the shootout, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Eric Staal had a goal and an assist and Erik Cole and Glen Wesley both netted goals for the Hurricanes, who have won six of their last seven games.
Martin Gerber made 24 saves and stopped three of four attempts in the shootout to lead Carolina, which leads the NHL with 80 points.
The Hurricanes acquired Weight and left winger Erkki Rajamaki this past Monday from the St. Louis Blues. This was Weight's second game with the club.
Brad Stuart, Brad Boyes and David Tanabe had a goal apiece for the Bruins, who have dropped their last two games.
Tim Thomas made 40 saves in the loss for Boston, which has dropped four straight at home against Carolina.
Carolina held a 3-2 lead after Staal scored early in the third period, but Stuart tied it up with 2:05 remaining to force overtime.
It was all Carolina, though, in the extra session and it came close to scoring in the final seconds during a 3-on-1, but Staal hit the outside of the net. The Hurricanes outshot Boston, 7-0.
Cole had the first chance in the shootout, but the puck rolled off his stick before he could shoot. Patrice Bergeron had the next opportunity, but Gerber made the pad save on his backhand.
Ray Whitney snapped a wrister through the five-hole of Thomas to give his squad a 1-0 lead. Glen Murray had the next chance for Boston, but the puck rolled off his stick.
After Thomas stopped Rod Brind'Amour's wrist shot, Boyes tied it up by going from his backhand to the forehand and putting the disc past Gerber's left pad.
However, Weight slipped a backhander through the five-hole and Gerber stopped Sergei Samsonov's wrist shot with a right pad save to seal the victory for Carolina.
"I think it caught a couple of our guys and couple of their guys by surprise," said Cole about the Weight goal. "That's a great move by Douggie to open him up and slide it through."
The Bruins opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. Andrew Alberts had the puck along the left boards and got it to Tanabe in the high slot. Tanabe let loose a blast that went through a screen and in the net 9:54 into the game.
The Hurricanes tied the game on Wesley's second goal of the year. Chad Larose snapped a shot from the low right circle that Thomas made a right pad save on. But, the rebound went right to Wesley, who one-timed it from the left circle 11:43 into the second period.
Boston assumed a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal. Gerber tried to clear the puck, but Murray gloved the disc out of the air and got it to the ice. From the right side, he sent a pass to the left circle where Boyes gathered the puck and snapped a wrister with 5:21 left in the second period.
However, it was a short-lived lead. A turnover at the Bruins blue line allowed Staal to get the puck behind the net. He sent a centering pass to Cole in the slot where he backhanded the disc past Thomas just 44 seconds later.
Carolina took the lead with Staal's 34th goal of the season. Staal had the puck at the top of the right circle, skated to the bottom of the circle and let loose with a wrister that beat Thomas over the glove just 3:23 into the final 20 minutes.
Boston, though, tied the game late in the period. Milan Jurcina had the puck at the top of the right circle and sent it to the high slot where Stuart picked it up. Stuart sent a blast that went into the right side of the net with 2:05 left.
"That was a hard fought point for our guys," said Boston coach Mike Sullivan. "Our guys really battled, especially in the third period. That was really competitive and our guys really dug down when they were tired to get that timely goal."
Boston travels to Pittsburgh for a game on Wednesday...The Hurricanes conclude their four-game road trip Thursday at Tampa Bay...Carolina went 0-for-4 on the power play...Boston was successful on one of its four power plays.
02/05 16:38:29 ET